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Mint and Menthol General Information
The French called Mint “the plant of happiness,” and the Roman scholar Pliny said the mere smell of Mint could invigorate the soul. The ancient Greeks used this fragrant herb in their temple rite and as a symbol of hospitality. In the 1600s, Peppermint was deliberately bred in England, and became the tasty plant known so well today, but only became important medicinally around the 18th century. There are many species of Mint; however, the Peppermint and Japanese Mints are the most economically important. Both of them contain Menthol, which is the primary medicinal benefit of this plant. Menthol promotes digestion by stimulating the flow of bile to the stomach, and it also calms the muscles of the digestive system to help relieve stomach upsets. Spearmint does not contain Menthol and is used mainly for flavoring.

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Mint and Menthol Uses & Scientific Evidence For
As a home remedy, Mint is used for indigestion, flatulence, and colic. Chewing fresh Mint leaves will get rid of stale breath. Mint tea works well in treating colds, sore throat, minor mouth or throat irritations, headaches and migraines, diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, and stomachache. Peppermint oil has been recognized by Germany’s Commission E as effective in treating colicky pain in the digestive tract, specifically irritable bowel syndrome, and in relieving mucus congestion of the lungs and sinuses caused by colds and flu. Some evidence suggests it might be helpful for gallstones and in treating candida infections, but results are not complete at this time. Menthol has antispasmodic qualities that may help relieve menstrual cramps. It is also found in products used for the relief of muscle aches, sprains, and similar conditions.

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Mint and Menthol Dosage Information
Mint and Menthol comes in various forms and is an ingredient in numerous products. When treating irritable bowel syndrome the recommended dosage of Peppermint oil is 0.2 to 0.4 ml 3 times a day of an enteric-coated capsule. Using capsules that are enteric-coated will prevent stomach distress. For other uses and formulations it is best to read product label directions.

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Mint and Menthol Safety & Interaction Information
There are no known safety issues or interactions associated with Mint or Menthol; however Menthol is considered an antidote for many homeopathic remedies and should be avoided by those taking the remedies. Taken in normal doses, enteric-coated Peppermint oil is believed to be fairly safe in healthy adults. Peppermint oil can be toxic if normal doses are exceeded. An excessive intake of Peppermint oil will produce nausea, loss of appetite, heart problems, loss of balance, and other nervous system problems. Safety in young children is unknown; however, it is known to cause jaundice in newborn babies, so it is not recommended for colic. Effects in pregnant and nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.


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